I’ve heard rumblings – and now confirmation – that Bethesda Row is in for lobster rolls, crab claws and clam chowder thanks to Luke’s Lobster. I’m excited to try my first “Maine” lobster roll, never having had one – yet! I might have to add shrimp and crab rolls, also. Luke’s is taking a space formerly held by Cacao on the Bethesda Row retail strip.
Fun fact: Luke’s uses 3.2 lobsters to make one sandwich—which, apparently, you can nab with a drink and chips for under $20. The Bethesda location will be his sixth, plus the NY-based food truck dubbed “Nauti Mobile.”
This story also makes me anxious since the owner, Luke Holden, is younger than me (by one year) and way more successful. BusinessWeek reported in October 2010 that the former NY investment banker had a staff of 40; I’m sure it’s grown since then. The 27 year-old Georgetown graduate, who grew up in Maine, got a leg up in distribution since his dad owns a seafood processing plant.
PS. I bought a Groupon last week for The Parva on Woodmont Avenue. Look for a post to come soon on that trendy Latin American fusion restaurant!
Update, April 15: Groupon has a great deal for Steamers Seafood House in Bethesda if you are a crustacean fan. It’s available for the next 3 days, but more than 500 have already been purchased.